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Baltimore Ravens RB Buck Allen is going after the starting spot

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The Baltimore Ravens have built quality depth at the running back position on paper, to say the least. At the position, the Ravens have Pro Bowler Justin Forsett, Kenneth Dixon who is considered by many to be the second-best running back in the 2016 NFL Draft, and 2015 fourth round draft pick Buck Allen who is ready to not only make a statement on the field, but take the starter job entering the 2016 regular season.

"[My] confidence is at a higher level," Allen noted via"After going through your first year, seeing how fast the game is, seeing how a different team plays, you're going to come back next year with confidence and more comfortable with the playbook. I feel like I'm in a great place right now."

Allen, during the 2015 season, showed flashes in the running game as well as the passing game with his ability to find the right crease and showed that he can finish off runs. Allen's skill set helps the Ravens offense stay unpredictable. When looking at the three main guys who are guaranteed to make the roster at the running back position between Forsett, Dixon and Allen, all three players provide pass catching abilities that will make opposing defenses stay honest on third down situations.

The battle for the starting job might be a situation that doesn't get settled until the Ravens play a couple of games into the regular season. Forsett, Dixon, and Allen are all talented players so there may be a time where Ravens head coach John Harbaugh to tries to ride with the hot hand from week to week and that kind of approach may benefit the Ravens well if the team reaches the playoffs as they will be well rested during the winter.